Legal Action of Wisconsin

Established in 1968, a non-profit law firm with offices in six cities, serving 39 southern Wisconsin counties.
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Primary geographic focus: Wisconsin
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: Legal Action
Lists: LSC

Established in 1968, Legal Action of Wisconsin (Legal Action) is a non-profit law firm that ensures equal justice for low-income people. With offices in six cities, Legal Action serves 39 southern Wisconsin counties with 55 staff attorneys and about 50 support staff. Legal Action’s work is funded by many different public and private sources, including the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation, and has hundreds of active volunteer attorneys who supplement, enhance, and support our staff attorneys’ case work.


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Milwaukee programs get grants for legal services, fighting homelessness

Mary Spicuzza
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
May 2, 2016
The money will be used to help provide legal services to people between the ages of 18 and 24 who are current public housing residents, or those who would be living in public housing but can't because of their criminal records.


Judges Across The Country Are Shaking Down Poor People

Bryce Covert
August 24, 2016
Court fees stand in the way of justice for poor people.


Landlords try to keep identities secret in cat-and-mouse game

Cary Spivak, Kevin Crowe
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
December 4, 2016
Landlords are routinely using LLCs to avoid paying fines incurred for renting out substandard, unsafe housing or for violating ordinances aimed at preserving neighborhoods.

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Eviction Defense Project Aims to Help Milwaukee’s Impoverished Neighborhoods

Mitch Teich
WUWM (local NPR, Milwaukee)
March 7, 2017
Organized under the auspices of Legal Action of Wisconsin, the Eviction Defense Project, or EDP, is a court-based, free program for people facing eviction.

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Going Into Motion For the Legal Services Corporation

Chuck Quirmbach
Wisconsin Public Radio
April 6, 2017
State Bar, Advocates For Domestic Abuse Victims Criticize Trump Plan.

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Madison attorneys, advocates say Trump budget cuts threaten legal aid organizations

Lisa Speckhard
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 7, 2017
At a press conference Thursday, advocates and lawyers gathered to defend LAW and similar organizations that provide attorneys for low-income defendants in the civil court system.

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Poor? Need legal aid? Tiny part of landlord law could make lawyers wary of helping out

Bruce Vielmetti
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
May 25, 2018
An effort to help poor tenants facing eviction get some free legal help was so successful last year that landlords started timing court appearances for days when the Eviction Defense Project wasn't in session.


The careful and often subtle social activism of Aaron Rodgers, NFL’s biggest superstar

Adam Kilgore
Washington Post
November 1, 2018
Rodgers has donated time and money to causes typical and atypical of a superstar quarterback’s philanthropy.

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Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

Shaila Dewan
New York Times (NYT)
August 28, 2014
Evictions have spiked nationally, including in Wisconsin, where the Neighborhood Law Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Legal Aid of Wisconsin are involved representing tenants.

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